We often hear about morning rituals and routines often, but what about evening rituals? Did you know that some of the most successful people in the world have an evening routine? It’s not only their success that is a factor; science has also shown the importance of evening routines.
OUR DAYS ARE FULL OF NOISE, OUR NIGHTS SHOULDN’T BE
We are constantly on the go. Never allowing our minds to calm and reset. Falling asleep with the noise of the day will disrupt the following morning when we wake.
Understanding this is why it is important to practice evening rituals. Yes, there is a link between how we spend our evenings and success, but even more important is the effect it will have on our overall wellbeing.
A study conducted at Michigan State University showed that people who are on their smartphone working after 9 pm were noticeably more tired and less productive the following day.
Our brains have not evolved to work without disconnecting, and they become out of balance due to the blue light that smartphones emit, according to the study. So, it doesn’t matter if we are working, browsing the internet or social media.
OUR MORNING BEGINS THE NIGHT BEFORE
How often do you wake up in the morning still thinking about the day before? Many of us carry the stress of yesterday into today. What this does is cause us stress and prevents us from living in the present moment.
When we fall asleep stressed, guaranteed we will wake up feeling unmotivated to take on the day ahead. That is why it’s important to resolve as much as possible by the end of the day.
Whether it’s a messy house (dishes in the sink), fighting with a partner or someone else you care about or pushing to get that last second of work in before your eyes can no longer stay open. It is vital to our health to learn to simplify and move forward into the next day without any baggage from the day before.
DISCIPLINE BEGINS WITH LEARNING TO CLEAN UP AFTER OURSELVES
I believe discipline is such an important part of our success and happiness. Our brains work less when things are in the same place. Our keys for example, if they are hanging by the door we don’t need to think about them and wonder where they are. We can now focus that energy elsewhere.
The same is true for any mess or clutter. For example, when we wake and there is a sink full of dishes crusted with dinner from the night before, that is time and energy that we need to spend cleaning up yesterday’s mess. It’s a waste of time and energy that we can focus elsewhere.
I value every second of my life and you should too! I know that less mind clutter allows me to be my most productive self. But clutter is just one piece of the puzzle.
EVENING RITUALS ARE A SIMPLE DISCIPLINE THAT EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM
Clean the kitchen before bed. Think about it, most of us wake up and our first stop is either the bathroom or kitchen. If we start our day with a clean kitchen we can focus on our morning rituals (check out my early thoughts on morning rituals. I will be elaborating soon) and the day ahead. If you already have that discipline great! Now let’s build off of that.
Hide the smartphone! No, seriously, most of us lack the self-control at this point. Lock it in the car if necessary. As mentioned above, using our phones before bed disrupt sleep patterns and affect productivity the following day. Set a time to finish looking at and working on the phone before setting it aside.
Write the things you wish to accomplish the following day. When we write down our tasks on a piece of paper we are more likely to do them. Seeing our goals motivate us to complete them. In addition, we can cross them off once completed. Doing so is a sense of accomplishment which just feels good.
Meditation is good for the soul and our overall well-being. Meditation reduces anxiety, builds self-confidence, increases serotonin which improves mood and behavior, enhances energy and strength, regulates blood pressure, and reduces stress and tension just to name a few.
Reading before sleep is an excellent way to relax the mind. It also makes us smarter and wiser. I personally read every night before sleep. It allows my mind to relax and eventually my eyes get so heavy that I need to set the book down and shut out the lights.
These are just a few ideas for evening rituals that will help us be more productive. We don’t have to practice all the mentioned rituals every night. The important thing to remember is that we find a routine that works for us. We are all different.
Some of us live alone, others have families, so how we practice our rituals will be different depending on the living conditions. However, once we find what works, guaranteed we will feel better from the rituals.
IF YOU HAVE EVENING RITUALS WHAT ARE SOME THAT WORK BEST FOR YOU? SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW.